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We were so excited to give little Jenna a new head of hair! She looks so beautiful and couldn’t be happier! To see Jenna’s story or to find out how you can help, visit https://www.facebook.com/littlemissjenna?fref=nf

 

 

Chemotherapy and Medical Hair Loss

You might not think about how important your hair is until you face loosing it. If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy or other treatments, the chance of hair loss is very real. Hair loss is one of the most feared side-effects of chemotherapy a patient has after being diagnosed.

Why Does Hair Loss Occur During Chemotherapy?

Many chemotherapy agents are designed to kill fast growing cells, whether they are healthy growing cells or cancer cells. Because hair follicle cells are fast growing, many chemotherapy drugs can cause hair loss.

What To Expect During Treatment

Discuss with your cancer care team about hair loss and other side effects of treatment before the treatment begins. The best way for you to deal with impending hair loss is to plan ahead. Whether you choose to conceal your hair loss is a personal choice – but it’s easier to plan for it now rather than later. The “planning” is where we come in…In a complimentary, private consultation, our hair loss specialist will walk you through the process and help you find out if the cost is covered by your insurance provider. The good news is there are options…and we are here to help.

What Tom Magliaro’s Can Offer

Custom Medical Hair Prosthesis- This is currently the most natural looking solution available. Much like a non-surgical hair system, medical hair prostheses or a medical hair “system” is prescribed to meet the patients’ individual hair needs. The custom system can completely re-create the hair style the patient had prior to hair loss.

*Insurance coverage may apply – varies per individual provider and policy.*

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with cancer and may have to undergo chemotherapy, visit our website at www.tmhair.com to find out more information on what we can do to help you.

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Happy Earth Day from TMHair

Healthy Hair Makes The World Go Round….  earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

earth day 2Natural Tips For Healthier Hair

 

  • Brush your hair thoroughly at night

There’s a reason for the old wives tale to brush your hair 100 times a night; it’s very beneficial to hair health. Brushing your hair with a good quality brush from root to tip distributes your hair’s natural oils down the hair shaft and makes hair shinier, more manageable, and less prone to breakage. In fact you might be able to eliminate some hair-care products if you devoted time to brush the 100 strokes as recommended. Be sure you start your brushing at the bottom of your hair, and gradually work your way up; this will allow you to gently remove and tangles until you’re just smoothly brushing from root to tip.

Use a boar bristle brush

Boar bristle brushes are more expensive than synthetic brushes, but they are densely packed on the brush and last for years. This dense construction is the secret to their being able to remove dirt, dust, and debris from hair and move your natural oils along the hair shaft, essentially giving the hair a bit of cleaning without the shampoo (you’ll want to clean your boar bristle brush regularly because of this). Boar bristle brushes have tough but flexible bristles that are wonderful for taming and smoothing even curly hair. And don’t worry, they won’t rip your hair out as long as you start at the bottom and slowly move your way up until you can stroke smoothly from root to tip.

Police your commercial shampoo

Many shampoos you buy at the store contain toxic ingredients, and don’t be fooled if the word “natural” appears on the bottle. The word “natural” is not regulated, and anyone can use the word no matter what the product contains. Artificial and drying scents, artificial colors and harmful detergents can damage hair, necessitating the purchase of additional “product” to fix that damage. Ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, and benzyl benzoate (and similar) are just a few of the common shampoo ingredients that have been linked to cancer, skin irritation, and even birth defects.

Deep condition once a week

A deep conditioner improves hair manageability and shine while decreasing breakage; it’s easy and can be incorporated in with household tasks. Simply take about 1/4 cup of a favorite oil (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc) and heat it until it is warm to the touch but not too hot to handle with your hands. Once it is warm, saturate your hair with it, from root to tip, using your fingers. Don’t be shy about it, you’ll be washing it out later. Place all your hair on the top of your head, wrap your head in plastic wrap or don a shower cap, and then wrap your whole head in a towel. The plastic and towel will trap the heat around your head, and allow the oils to penetrate the hair shaft. Ideally you want to leave it sit for a few hours, but even 30 minutes will help. When the time is up, wash as usual. You may need to wash twice to remove all the oil.

Add protein for frizzy hair

If your hair is especially frizzy, substitute the hot oil treatment with a protein mask once a week. Mix the yolk of two eggs with a bit of warm water (not hot, you don’t want to cook the eggs). Using your fingers, massage this into your scalp and hair shaft. Wrap your head in plastic wrap or a shower cap, and then wrap your head in a towel. Leave this sit in your hair for an hour, then rinse in warm to cool water (again, you don’t want to cook the egg). You can also use a mix of bananas and avocados for this, or mayonnaise, which is just egg and oil.

Eat for your hair

Your hair is a barometer of health–if your hair is dull and lifeless it could mean that your body is as well. In the past people ate food that was as close to the earth as possible and we should, too. Nutrition from the full color spectrum ensures that you are getting the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy hair. A balanced diet, including healthy oils for essential fatty acids, is important for hair health and shine. Make sure you are eating on a regular basis foods such as salmon, walnuts, and yogurt, sweet potatoes, spinach, blueberries, and more daily to get levels of protein, zinc, vitamins, and minerals needed for happy locks.

 

 

 

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Tips For Wet Hair

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Natural Hydrogen Bonds in Hair

Did you know? A single strand of hair can support a load of about 100 grams without breaking. Believe it or not- hair is surprisingly strong because of the natural hydrogen bonds in hair. However, this is not the case when hair is wet. When hair is wet it is actually at its very weakest point. The reason for this is because when hair gets wet the water breaks down the natural hydrogen in the hair which is what makes hair so strong.  Although the bonds reform again once the hair is dry that does not prevent the fragileness of the hair when wet. Hydrogen bonds are important because they are linked to the keratin chains within each strand of hair.

Reshaping Hair into Different Patterns

This in essence explains how hair is able to be reshaped into different patterns when being styled. Because the hair’s hydrogen bonds are broken apart when the hair is wet it allows the change in shape of the hair. Therefore, when wet strands of hair are wound around rollers or any other type of styling tool a new shape is formed when it is dried.

Reason Hair Loses Its Shape When it Gets Wet

The reason curled hair loses its shape when it gets wet is because again the bonds are broken by the water and the texture is lost. While there is an advantage for wet hair to be weak because it makes the hair capable of being reshaped, wet hair is also much easier to damage. Wet or damp hair can be easily ripped and torn when detangling, combing, or drying.

 General Tips to Protect Wet Hair from Potentials Damage

  1. Depending on your hair type, texture and condition, apply a rinse out conditioner during the cleanse process to give hair added strength. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to help close the cuticles.
  2. If you squeeze your wet hair to remove excess moisture be sure to use fingers which are smooth. Fingers with rough edges or nails could potentially rip delicate wet strands.  When squeezing excess water do it as gently as possible.  Also, squeeze from the ends rather than from the root area.
  3. Avoid towels that might be rough and use a towel that is smooth and plush. Gently blot your hair with the towel to remove moisture.
  4. If wrapping wet hair in a towel be careful not to wrap it too tight because it can pull and strain the delicate strands of hair.
  5. Always use a smooth detangling product or leave-in conditioner.
  6. Detangle with care. Never, ever, use a brush on wet or damp hair. Instead, use either your fingers or a high quality smooth comb without a seam or rough teeth.  Always work from the ends of the hair up towards the roots.
  7. If you wish to do a wet set using rollers, opt for smooth or rag rollers which are less likely to tear or pull delicate tresses. Use a detangling, setting or leave-in conditioner on each section before rolling to help set the new texture and protect the hair.  Avoid pulling hair when rolling or applying pressure to the roots.
  8. Allow hair to air dry whenever possible. High levels of heat directed towards wet or damp strands may cause long term damage.

 

Even if your hair is bullet proof, it is important to remember that hair is most likely to be damaged when handled improperly while it is wet.  Protect your hair and those broken hydrogen bonds will reform to the beautiful shape your hair was before.

 

 

 

 

Visit our store at www.welkerrephreshed.com and shop online to order our energize leave-in conditioner which is best used for your wet or damp hair.

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Surgical Hair Loss Solutions – Coming Soon!

What Can I Do About My Hair Loss?

There are many solutions available for hair loss. For some types of hair loss, the hair may fully grow back over time without aid. For more permanent hair loss, there are also several options that can help promote growth or camouflage the hair loss you have incurred, as well as surgical procedures. The key is finding the right treatment for you…

Non-Surgical Solutions

 

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

What Is It?  Laser light hair therapy is a therapeutic, non-invasive and non-chemical way to treat and control hair loss using a “cold” low-level, laser device. The laser is a “hooded” model under which the client or patient sits for a period of 20 to 30 minutes while 40 to 80 laser diodes distribute “soft” laser light to the tissues of the scalp.  Unlike some topicals and other pills, the low level laser diodes have no thermal component and are side-effect free.  The process is one of “bio-stimulation,” and is absolutely safe; to put it simply, laser therapy is a “trigger” for the rearrangement of cellular metabolism.

How Does It Work? Clinical trials conducted in the United States have confirmed that low level laser energy has the ability to stimulate hair growth and stop the progression of hair loss. These studies have been approved by the FDA.  Studies also show this to be a solution to treat damaged hair by restoring the state of health back to what it originally was prior to hair loss. Patients will see an increase in thickness and fullness of their hair as well. Once treatment is completed, minimal maintenance may be required.

Because laser therapy involves follicle stimulation, it is recommended for the patient to meet with an experienced laser therapy specialist who will determine whether an individual is a viable candidate for laser treatment. Treatment programs for candidates are typically from six to 12 months. Patients visit their hair loss center two-three times a week.

For those who are unable to make weekly visits to a specific location, there are now portable, in-home laser therapy devices that have also been approved by the FDA – removing inconvenience and lack of time as an obstacle to stopping hair loss. Remember, it’s still important to see a hair loss specialist and be screened for candidacy and potential for regrowth. The two portable devices on the market that have received their 510K FDA Clearance are the HairMax LaserComb®  and the iGrow™ Hair Rejuvenation System – both are available at my clinic.

  • Non-Surgical Hair Systems and Procedures

What Is It?  The most popular method of hair replacement – a hair graft or hair system can re-create the look and feel of your own natural hair. The hair system is customized per individual client prescription (male or female); so any hair color, texture, density and style can be matched. Continued technological advancements have culminated into modern hair systems that supersede hair pieces or wigs of the past. These solutions can be completely natural and undetectable. If done correctly, the hair systems are designed to become a part of you and your everyday lifestyle.

How Does It Work?  Once the prescription has been made, the hair systems are created by injecting strands of human hair into a thin layer of polyurethane or mesh material – a membrane which acts as a contact lens, or second layer of skin.  Unlike a synthetic or machine-made wig, the material is light weight, breathable and comfortable and provides an undetectable hair line that is life-like in appearance.

Benefits of Human Hair Systems: Human hair allows for custom characteristics in hair systems, but it also allows the client to treat the hair like they would normally treat hair growing from their scalp. Clients wash and style the system on a regular basis. Styling options are unlimited – you can blow-dry, curl, flat-iron the hair and use hair spray, gels or any other styling products to achieve the look you want. Human hair looks the most natural but it also requires maintenance and will need to be replaced over time.

  • Topical Products and Prescriptions

Rogaine/Minoxidil: Minoxidil is a topical, over the counter treatment used to stimulate hair growth in adult men and women with a certain type of baldness. Available in two different dosages, 5% for men and 2% for women, both forms have been approved by the FDA for topical treatment of pattern baldness. Some side effects can occur. Experts say that the biggest drawback is that treatment must be continued for as long as results are desired. Once treatment stops, any re-growth that occurred will most likely be lost.

Propecia/Finasteride: Propecia is an oral, prescription medication with an active ingredient of finasteride that contains DHT blockers. Propecia was approved by the FDA for treatment of male-pattern baldness in 1997. Research shows finasteride is successful at preventing hair loss and keeping what you have, but re-growth may be minimal. Some side effects can occur. Like minoxidil, Propecia use must be continued for as long as results are desired.

Other Topical Treatments: There are other products available like shampoos, creams and lotions with DHT inhibitors or stimulating agents that are used for hair loss, as well as concealers and powders that are applied to the scalp to help camouflage or hide the skin that shows from thinning hair. Typically, these have no side effects.

 

Surgical Solutions- COMING SOON!

Over the past 4 decades of being in the hair restoration industry, I have seen much improvement in the technology, products, and treatments that are becoming available for hair loss; including surgical solutions. I am excited to announce we will soon offer ALL SOLUTIONS for hair loss – surgical and non-surgical. No matter what type of hair loss you are experiencing – we will have a solution that will fit your needs best.

More information will be coming soon!

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

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Hair loss is no joke…

We at TMHair know hair loss is not a laughing matter. If hair loss effects you or someone you know, take control of the situation and explore your options.

There ARE solutions available! However finding the right solution for your specific or individual hair loss needs can be very difficult. There are so many different pills, potions and products on the market it can be frustrating and confusing when searching for the right one for you…

That’s why it’s important to seek professional guidance! My clinic offers free consultations with a hair loss expert that includes a hair and scalp diagnosis. Diagnosing the hair and scalp allows us to assess and recommend what type of hair restoration options would be best for you. We focus not only on the overall look you are trying to achieve, but also on the long term health of your hair. Our hair analysis expert will provide you with the best solution for your specific type of hair loss – since each individual situation is different from the next.

If your hair loss is always on your mind, effecting your daily lifestyle or if you’re simply not happy with your hair – schedule your complimentary consultation today…  Visit www.tmhair.com or call 713-838-1880.

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